Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Gets Record-Breaking Capitol Riot Sentence

Proud Boy Leader Enrique Tarrio Gets Record-Breaking Capitol Riot Sentence

( – Enrique Tarrio, a former leader of the Proud Boys, was given a record-breaking sentence for the January 6, 2021, defendants on Tuesday: 22 years in federal prison.

The previous record-high 18-year prison sentences for Oath Keepers founder Steward Rhodes and former Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean had been surpassed by Tarrio’s 22-year term.

Due to his arrest for allegedly defacing a Black Lives Matter sign in the city two days earlier, the 39-year-old was not in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

Tarrio was detained and given a judge’s order to leave the capital, so he spent most of January 6, 2021, at a Baltimore hotel.

Prosecutors claimed that Tarrio “was a general rather than a soldier,” and that his absence from the city on that day “does nothing to detract from the severity of his conduct.”

Tarrio, according to federal prosecutors, is a “gifted communicator who excels at attracting followers” who “used those talents to inflame and radicalize untold numbers of followers, promoting political violence in general and orchestrating the charged conspiracies in particular.”

“To Tarrio, January 6 was an act of revolution,” prosecutors added.

Tarrio was one of four Proud Boys convicted of seditious conspiracy after a trial in May.

Judge Timothy Kelly applied a terrorism sentencing enhancement, as he did with some of Tarrio’s co-defendants.

Tarrio’s attorney, Sabino Jauregui, fought against the terrorism label, arguing that Tarrio is a “misguided patriot.”

“My client is no terrorist. My client is a misguided patriot,” Jauregui said.

“My client comes from a country where there are no rights. There’s nothing,” Jauregui said, nodding to Tarrio’s Cuban heritage.

“He was trying to protect this country, as misguided as he was.”

Tarrio apologized to law enforcement officials who responded to the Capitol riot before the judge sentenced him to 22 years.

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Over 1,100 people have been charged for involvement in the Capitol riot, with approximately 300 incarcerated.

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